The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has arrested Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the immediate past Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources.
The arrest is in respect of suspected corruption and corruption-related offences regarding large amounts of money and other valuable items reportedly stolen from her residence by two househelps in 2022.
A press statement issued by the OSP said she was placed under arrest at 11:55 GMT on Monday, July 24, 2023.
The OSP explained that she was placed under arrest in respect of suspected corruption and corruption-related offences regarding large amounts of money and other valuable items reportedly stolen from her residence.
“Ms. Dapaah is being questioned by authorised Officers of the OSP.” the statement added.
Following media reports of an ongoing criminal trial of the five suspects for the missing millions, there have been a wave of calls for the arrest and investigation of Abena Dapaah to ascertain the source of the large sums of money.
Two house helps, 18-year-old Patience Botwe and 30-year-old Sarah Agyei, along with three others allegedly stole $1 million, €300,000, and millions of Ghanaian cedis being the monies and personal effects of Abena Dapaah and her husband, between the months of July and October 2022.
The former Minister is disputing the total sum of monies allegedly stolen by her employees as is been reported in media publications since the news broke out , saying that it is at variance with the amounts quoted on the official complaint form given out to the Police before the trial began.
Mrs Dapaah resigned from the position of Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources on Saturday, July 22, 2023.
Her intentions were communicated in a letter addressed to the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo after public backlash over the issue.